Beef Chili (Chili con Carne)

by Erica Dinho on December 21, 2009

Chili con carneWho can resist a bowl of hot beef chili on a cold day?

Chili con Carne anyone? This dish makes the perfect lunch or dinner on a cold winter day. Oh, I cannot wait to have another bowl! The best thing about chili is that it is as good the next day as the day you cooked it. So, you may want to increase the serving size and make a large pot, so you’ll have some leftover for the next day. There are only a few dishes that I eat the next day, as I am not a leftover person, but chili and arroz con pollo are a couple that I usually enjoy the day after I cook them.

For this chili con carne I used flank steak and it was absolutely delicious. Try it!



(4 Servings)

  • Beef
  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 scallion
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • Chili
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 3 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ chipotle chili with adobo (from a can)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
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    1. In a pot, place all the beef and broth ingredients and cook over medium heat for about 1 hour or until the meat is cooked.
    2. Strain and measure 1 cup of the liquid used to cook the meat. Set aside.
    3. Remove the beef from the pot, chop and set aside.
    4. Put the tomatoes and chipotle in the food processor and process until smooth and set aside.
    5. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook for about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic, red and green pepper and cook for additional 2 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano and chili powder and cook for 30 seconds more.
    6. Add the beans, tomato mixture and the beef to the pot and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often with a wooden spoon. Add the sugar, cilantro and tomato paste. Cook for 10 minutes more. If the chili is too thick, use some of the broth you set aside. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with tortilla chips, cilantro and sour cream. Serve.
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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie@Angie's Recipes December 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

That’s exactly the right dish for the winter!


2 Miriam/The Winter Guest December 21, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Looks wonderful! I’d have one right now and I just had my dinner! ;-)


3 Chef E December 21, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Oh I always come over here and wish I had something…I would be a happy servant in your home :)


4 Anonymous December 21, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Wish I could have one bowl’s really cold here and this is perfect for this chilly weather :-)


5 Namitha December 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Awesome…It’s perfect for this weather..Wish I could grab that bowl :D


6 Hummingbird Appetite December 21, 2009 at 7:00 PM

That looks really awesome! I like hearty meals.


7 Chris December 21, 2009 at 7:27 PM

On a scale of one to ten, I give this eleven. I love the use of flank steak!


8 Erica December 21, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Thank you guys for the nice comments!


9 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie December 21, 2009 at 11:02 PM

I would love a bowl of this delicious chili!


10 Oysterculture December 21, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Oh, yum – this looks absolutely amazing! Perfect for this chilly (chilli) time of the year


11 Simply Life December 22, 2009 at 8:02 AM

oh gosh! this sounds PERFECT for a day like today when there’s snow outside!!!


12 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM

This looks very good! I’m going to file this one away to make some time soon! Thanks for sharing!


13 Muneeba December 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Loving your version of chili! Will try and incorporate some of your spices and ingredients into mine the next time I make it :)


14 Ivy December 22, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Thanks sounds very flavourful and a perfect dish for cold days.


15 Faith December 22, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Your chili looks delicious, I could definitely go for a bowl of this on a cold day like today!


16 Erica December 22, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Thank you everyone!!!


17 Anonymous December 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM

looks really delicious!!!


18 danielle December 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

this looks souper good! I’ll have to try your chili version.


19 Ana February 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM

I made this chili yesterday and my family loved it. Thank you for the recipe.


20 Carla May 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I made this chili and it was different,but delicious.


21 Alexandra May 10, 2010 at 3:11 PM

This is the best chili!!!!We loved it. Thank you for the recipe. it is delicious.


22 San November 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Can you do this in a slow cooker?


23 Erica November 9, 2010 at 6:09 PM



24 Karen June 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM


Me puedes decir por que puedo substituir el chipotle chili con adobo por algo k no sea picante.


25 Erica June 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Karen- Add a mild chili!


26 Patricia December 23, 2011 at 6:20 AM

I made this chili con carne last night for a party and it was a hit.thanks


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